Exams Are Never Easy

The library has recently added the hand-written exams of Marcus Benton Calhoun, Class of 1900. His exams look very different from current exams. At the time Marcus entered law school, legal education still relied heavily on the memorization of the writings of significant legal scholars, Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780) and his Commentaries on the Laws of England in particular.

With the development of the case law method of instruction, pioneered by Christopher Columbus Langdell of Harvard Law School, students now take exams in which they are expected to analyze complex fact patterns and apply the law to those situations. Hard to know whether to thank Langdell or curse him.

View some of Calhoun’s exams with questions.

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